WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees thanks members of the Senate and House for including many of the union’s top priorities affecting employees in the Department of Defense and other federal agencies in the compromise text of the fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act.
“This legislation will improve pay and working conditions for civil service employees both inside and outside the Department of Defense and achieves many of our union’s top legislative priorities for the year,” AFGE National President Everett Kelley said. “I urge the House and Senate to pass this legislation swiftly and send it to President Biden for his signature.”
Among the key AFGE-backed provisions realized by the compromise NDAA:
While the NDAA includes many of the union’s legislative priorities, AFGE is profoundly disappointed that the compromise bill excludes legislation passed by the House that would extend full Title 5 rights and equal pay to employees at the Transportation Security Administration.
“The nation’s transportation security officers have been treated like second-class citizens for far too long, and we call on Congress to rectify this unequal treatment by including full Title 5 rights in the omnibus spending bill now being debated,” Kelley said.
The compromise bill also excludes a provision previously passed by the House that would give the District of Columbia mayor the same authority over the National Guard that governors of states and territories have.